Adaptive career behavior as career development for new employees in the logistics industry

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Sarunya Lertputtarak
Denis Samokhin


The objective of this research is to explore hiring managers' expectations and alumni’s perceptions toward adaptive career behavior as career development for new employees in the logistics industry and to provide guidelines for career adaptability for students and new employees in the logistics industry. The research methodology was qualitative research by using in-depth interviews. The research participants were 11 human resources managers in logistics companies or managers who are responsible for logistics duties or their representatives, and 9 employees who graduated with a bachelor degree from the Faculty of Logistics, Burapha University. The results showed that applicants should have language skills, as well as computer skills. They should have knowledge about logistics, negotiation and coordination skills.  New employees must understand the details about the company and its business. They should learn how to apply their knowledge to reality. They must be eager to learn new things and think positively and show their creativity. For undergraduate students to prepare for future job applications, students should study English for communication, learn Microsoft Excel, Word, SAP program, and QCC. Students have to find advisors to teach them about how to perform their job and adapt to a work environment. Students should have the placement of a career path that matches their lifestyle, review knowledge from the classroom and participate in an internship program. Faculties of Logistics and educational institutions should provide students with more opportunities to learn English for communication, as well as organizing a class of presentation skills by providing a comfortable topic for students to practice English. Students should see a real work environment at least once per semester and find an internship which is suitable for them. The universities should have guest speakers with experience of working in logistics organizations involved in the teaching process.


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